Tullywee Bridge

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  • Day6

    Connemara, Ireland

    September 8, 2016 in Ireland ⋅ ☀️ 57 °F

    We made it to Galway yesterday and headed out for a bus tour to Connemara which is off the beaten track full of untouched scenery, ruins and a castle! I'm glad we decided not to rent a car for this trip around Ireland because driving on the left hand side on rolling hills and narrow lanes would have been stressful in itself not to mention the occasional sheep crossing the road!

    Our first stop was the Kylemore Abbey built in the 19th century by Sir Mitchell for his wife. No not my Sir Mitchel but at least he got the hint ;)

    Afterwards we made several stops to take in the scenic views which speak for themselves and had been exactly what I imagined Ireland to be like...cold, rainy and beautiful!
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  • Day31

    Connemara Loop

    October 4, 2018 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

    Last night I wrote the blog sitting in a pub while I had dinner and then listed to a great duo who were playing in the pub. One played the guitar, the other what looked like a tea chest. They were very good. On finding out I was Australian they played “The Pub With No Beer”. They then played “Now I’m Easy”by Eric Bogle which was new to me. Eventually I had to leave to go to bed.
    I’m now sitting in the lounge of the hotel listening to a guy on a piano. I’ve just gotten back after dinner and he was playing so I’ve sat down to listen while I write this.

    I started today off with the Sky rd which is a scenic loop from Clifden. I then went down to the Connemara loop. The first stop was Kylemore Abbey and I’m still not sure how I managed to spend four hours there. It was originally built as a house/castle in the 1860s and after changing hands a couple of times was bought by the Benedictine Nuns in 1920. There was originally a wonderful walled garden which gradually became neglected until the mid 1990s when it was decided to restore it. I spoke to one of the gardeners who has been there since they started the restoration and he said it took them two years to just clear garden before they could even begin to plan and plant.
    The garden is now beautiful. It’s set out in the original Victorian plan.

    The house/Abbey itself is also gorgeous. Only a few rooms are open to the public but it was definitely worth it.

    The rest of the grounds are gorgeous. I met a couple from Brisbane. When I meet Australians I tend to think “they don’t have an accent” rather than they are Australian. I have a terrible ear for accents. It’s the first time I’ve heard an Australian refer to Australia as Aussie. She asked me “are you from Aussie”. It was weird. So often the people I meet are surprised I’m travelling on my own and not even part of a tour. She appreciated it though as she wanted to go and see the garden but he didn’t. As a solo traveller I can do what I want when I want.

    As I said yesterday the autumn colours are really coming out. I think I’ve run out of good weather. It again was cloudy and drizzly. The clouds covered the top of the mountains. After I finished at the Abbey I finished the loop. Sometimes I wasn’t sure whether it was the ocean or lakes that I was seeing but it was all lovely. It reminds me of the highlands in Scotland.
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  • Day97

    Kylemore Abbey and Faerie trees

    December 9, 2016 in Ireland ⋅ 🌙 10 °C

    Our next stop was at Inagh Fjord which was stunning. We stopped by a ribboned faerie tree where if you hang a ribbon, make a wish, your wish will come true. If it doesn't you keep hanging ribbons until you wish us fulfilled. I didn't have a ribbon but I'm sure it's not the last faerie tree I'll come across. We then went off to Kylemore Abbey (castle).Read more

  • Day138

    Day 138: Connemara National Park

    July 3, 2017 in Ireland ⋅ ☀️ 13 °C

    Up and out at the usual time, and hit the road heading west, this time with no street festivals blocking our way! Our destination for the day was the Connemara National Park, a large mountainous area a couple of hours to the west.

    The drive over was actually fairly unexciting, just lots of fields, small hills and microscopic towns, though as we approached the coast things started to pick up. Very overcast skies, and we drove through quite a few rain showers on the way.

    Took a detour to the small town of Clifden for lunch where we stopped at a highly recommended bakery. Shandos enjoyed her salmon & cream cheese bagel, but my pie was a bit disappointing - not enough meat, and the meat that was in there was too fatty. At least we had a window table with a great view! Didn't stay for long in the town, as it was fairly touristy.

    Finished off the last 30 minutes of driving into the national park, where the scenery was much better - very green but with grey stone and large hills poking out. Parked up in the car park and set off on the main walk from the visitors centre as it started to rain again.

    We'd only planned on doing the shortest version, but at the junction we decided to tough it out and walk the middle distance route instead (there are three routes of varying lengths, but all share a common start point and first section). This middle version took you up the low-lying hills around the visitors centre, but without tackling the tall mountain like the longer trail.

    Of course, as soon as we'd started on the longer trail the rain got heavier, so that we were fairly wet by the time we finished. Nice views, but very hampered by the rain. We weren't too bad I guess since we both had rain jackets and umbrellas, but poor Schnitzel was drenched. At least we had his towel waiting back at the car!

    Rather than picnicking, we sat in the car and ate the piece of Sacher Torte we'd bought at the bakery, watching the windows fog up and listening to the rain drum on the roof. Alas.

    As we drove back out of the national park via a different route back to Galway, the rain eased off and we were treated to some great views. We also had the entertaining sight of a tourist driver stuck in a ditch after attempting an ill-advised three point turn. Helped them shove the car out and set off again back to Galway.

    Arrived back at our student digs to have the place to ourselves for a bit which was nice, so I took the opportunity to finish off a video and do some writing. Had a takeaway pizza for dinner, and had a brief bit of excitement when one of the down-lights in the ceiling exploded. I swept everything up, but annoyingly couldn't actually put it in a dustpan as I couldn't find one! Eventually our host's flatmate came home and swept it up for us.
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  • Day9

    Kylemore abbey

    August 19, 2017 in Ireland ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

    Een landhuis gebouwd in 1868 door rijke Engelsman. Later verwaarloosd achtergelaten en in 1920 gekocht door Ieperse nonnen die door de oorlog België hebben verlaten.Ze restaureerden het landhuis en nog steeds leven er nonnen. Tevens is het een meisjeskostschool. De inkom is prijzig maar maar omvat ook de grote victoriaanse tuinen en gotische kapel. Het is een fotogeniek plaatsje met het spiegelend meer dat het ondertussen bekend staat als een iconisch beeld van de Connemara.Read more

  • Day6


    June 3, 2018 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    Heute ging es raus aus der Stadt zum Connemara National Park im Norden von Galway. Ursprünglich auf eigene Faust angedacht, führten mich die Umstände (auch außerhalb Deutschlands fahren Busse am Wochenende zu anderen Zeiten!) zu einer Tagesbustour, ausgerichtet von den "Wild Antlantic Way Day Tours" - zum Glück! In einem kleinen Bus für insgesamt 29 Personen entführte uns der Busfahrer und Tourguide Gerry in seine Heimat. Während der Fahrt erzählte er uns von der Geschichte Galways und der Iren, von der Besatzung durch die Englische Krone und der großen Hungersnot (Great Famine) von 1845-52, aber auch von den Revoluzzern der irischen Republik. Bei anfangs befremdlichen, dann lustigen und schließlich sehr passenden traditionellen Gesangskünsten von Gerry versank man in der vorbeiziehenden Landschaft Connemaras. Wir lernten außerdem, dass die irischen Bauern ihre Schafe zu Zwecken der Wiedererkennung am Rücken bunt einfärbten und wie man in Irland Torf abbaut und trocknet.

    Ein Teil von uns ließ sich am Nationalpark absetzen, während der Rest der Gruppe weiter zu "Kylemore Abbey" weiterfuhr. Zwei Stunden hatten wir, bevor Gerry uns wieder einsammeln würde. Das Ziel: der Gipfel des Diamond Hill mit seinen 442 Metern Höhe. Schnellen Schrittes machte ich mich auf und genoss einen großartigen Ausblick über Teile Connemaras.
    Gerade pünktlich am vereinbarten Treffpunkt angekommen, fuhren wir ebenfalls nach Kylemore Abbey, um das dortige, perfekt zwischen dem im Hintergrund grün aufragenden Berg und dem ruhigen See erbaute Schloss zu bewundern und dann geschlossen wieder nach Galway zu fahren.

    Fazit: Obwohl mir geführte Touren suspekt sind, war dies entweder der Gegenbeweis oder eine großartige Ausnahme. Diese Tour, gerade mit Gerry, hat sich definitiv gelohnt und hatte mich dabei kaum mehr gekostet als eine normale Fahrt mit dem Bus.
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  • Day8

    Kylemore Abbey

    July 1, 2017 in Ireland ⋅ ☀️ 13 °C

    Kylemore Castle wurde von Mitchell Henry aus Liebe zu seiner Frau Margret erbaut. Margret war von der Gegend Connemara so begeistert, dass Mitchell das Land am See kaufte und dort das Schloss Kylemore und den Schlossgarten erbauen ließ. Nach vier Jahren Bauzeit wurde das Schloss 1871 fertig gestellt, nur drei Jahre später starb Margret bei einer Ägyptenreise. Tief getroffen durch den Tod seiner Frau, ließ Mitchell ein Mausoleum für seine Frau errichten und überführte ihren Leichnam zurück nach Kylemore. Zum Gedenken an seine Frau ließ Mitchell Henry auch die Kirche erbauen. Ohne seine Frau wollte Mitchell nicht mehr in Kylemore bleiben und verkaufte das Anwesen an den Herzog von Manchester. 1920 wurde das Schloss von einem Benediktinerkloster gekauft, und belgische Nonnen eröffneten bald darauf ein Mädcheninternat, zu dem Mädchen aus aller Welt geschickt wurden. Erst 2010 wurde das Internat geschlossen.Read more

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